These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Connecticut Mirror strongly Left-Center biased based on story selection that typically favors the left, but always with reasonable balance in reporting. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2009, The Connecticut Mirror is a nonprofit media organization based in Hartford, Connecticut. The CT Mirror covers politics, healthcare, budget/economy, schools/child welfare, environment, Washington, political guide, opinion and justice. According to their about page “The Connecticut Mirror’s mission is to increase the level of civic engagement among the state’s residents so that they can more effectively participate in the development of public policy and hold public officials accountable for understanding and addressing the state’s needs.”
The current editor is Elizabeth Hamilton.
Funded by / Ownership
The CT Mirror is a nonprofit held by the The Connecticut News Project, Inc, which is supported by individual contributions, major gifts, corporate sponsorships and foundation grants. The Mirror has received support from a number of charities and foundations including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Melville Charitable Trust and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. According to the website, 90% of funding comes from donations with the rest coming from online advertising. You can view their latest 990 tax form here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Connecticut Mirror primarily covers Connecticut news through the use of journalists. They also cover some national news, primarily DC politics. The CT Mirror utilizes moderately loaded language in headlines such as this: CT’s Democratic gubernatorial contenders take aim at Trump. This article is properly sourced to the left leaning Center for Reproductive Rights. The wording of the article is direct and neutral, but clearly favors the liberal position of pro-choice. In another article they demonstrate that they are opposed to President Trump’s environmental positions and in support of the EPA: Connecticut on front line of key fights with Pruitt’s EPA. Other positions supported by the CT Mirror are improvements to health care leading to a single payer system and fighting income inequality. In general, the CT Mirror favors the progressive left on most issues and is opposed to conservative policy. However, they always present a reasonable balance and present at least partially, their oppositions view point.
A factual search reveals that they have never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Connecticut Mirror strongly Left-Center biased based on story selection that typically favors the left, but always with reasonable balance in reporting. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 1/26/2019)
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